In a game with more chicha than expected, Italy took third place in the Nations League, a pyrrhic booty for the European champion that at least means adding points in the FIFA ranking in search of securing a space as head of series if it seals the pass for the next World-wide one. Belgium is less concerned about this situation because for three years it has led a ranking that reflects a barely statistical dominance. When it comes to the big stages, the team that Roberto Martínez coaches always falls behind expectations. The defeat in Turin against Italy may also cause that sooner or later it also falls from its statistical throne.
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Emerson, Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni, Manuel Locatelli, Lorenzo Pellegrini (Jorginho, min. 70), Barella (Cristante, min. 69), Giacomo Raspadori (Kean, min. 64), Berardi (Insigne, min. 90) and Federico Chiesa (Bernardeschi, min. 91)
Courtois, Vertonghen, J. Denayer, Alderweireld, Castagne, Tielemans (De Bruyne, min. 58), Witsel, Carrasco (Trossard, min. 86), Alexis Saelemaekers (Charles De Ketelaere, min. 58), Vanaken and Batshuayi
Goals 1-0 min. 45: Barella. 2-0 min. 64: Berardi. 2-1 min. 85: Charles De Ketelaere.
Yellow cards Vertonghen (min. 13), Di Lorenzo (min. 29), Witsel (min. 55), Alderweireld (min. 62) and Emerson (min. 81)
Italy showed Belgium the way. He exhibited passionate as he is, vibrant at times, daring from the beginning to apply in a pressure that had more gas than I did, but that showed muscle. In a duel with a formal aspect and marked by absences (Hazard and Lukaku were no longer with the team and De Bruyne spent the first hour of the game on the bench, where Verratti, Jorginho and Insigne also sat), Italy exhibited a Fur similar to the one that brought him to the European throne last year. He interprets a model of pressure on the keeper of the ball that turns each game into a demanding test for any rival. Although this time he had no physique to interpret it.
Belgium has plenty of wickers and category to escape the pressure, but it is accompanied by a melancholic air. Also in this appointment fortune and marksmanship abandoned him. Up to three times he finished off the post. Saelemaekers, Batshuayi and Carrasco tasted them. The Belgian team had more chances than football, it also took pride in not getting carried away. But Italy won, more concrete. He was able to score in the last action of the first half, but Courtois frustrated Chiesa in heads-up. The goal came to him in the first attack after the restart, a shot from the edge of Barella after a corner kick, a defensive inattention when closing rejection positions.
When Belgium struggled with defeat and De Bruyne came to the rescue, a penalty from Castagne to Chiesa, always in the best sauces, defined the match. Berardi scored and relieved Italy, which with the passage of minutes was falling. The Belgians stubbornly and their effort gave merit to the triumph of the Italians, who rushed to defend the victory with nails, teeth and fresh legs of replacements when, with five minutes remaining, De Ketelaere reduced distances in a marker that no longer was returned to move.
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